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TSA Week in Review - 37 Firearms Discovered This Week (32 Loaded)

Friday, January 31, 2014
Firearm Discovered at OKC

Firearm Discovered at OKC

37 Firearms Discovered This Week - Of the 37 firearms, 32 were loaded and 18 had rounds chambered. See a complete list and more photos at the bottom of this post.

discovered replica grenades

Replica Grenades (L-R) DFW, ORD

Inert Ordnance and Grenades etc. - We continue to find inert hand grenades and other weaponry on a weekly basis. Please keep in mind that if an item looks like a realistic bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited. When these items are found at a checkpoint or in checked baggage, they can cause significant delays in checkpoint screening. While they may be novelty items, you cannot bring them on a plane. Read here on why inert items cause problems.

  • A replica grenade was detected in the carry-on bag at Chicago O’Hare (ORD).
  • Five replica 40mm inert grenades were discovered in a checked bag at Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW).
Credit Card Knife (RAP)

Credit Card Knife (RAP)

Artfully Concealed Prohibited Items - It’s important to examine your bags prior to traveling to ensure no prohibited items are inside. If a prohibited item is discovered in your bag or on your body, you could be cited and quite possibly arrested by local law enforcement. Here are a few examples from this week where prohibited items were found by our officers in strange places.

  • Three credit card knives were discovered this week at Albuquerque (ABQ), and Rapid City (RAP).

Miscellaneous Prohibited Items - In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly, our officers also regularly find firearm components, realistic replica firearms, bb and pellet guns, Airsoft guns, brass knuckles, ammunition, batons, and a lot of sharp pointy things…

 Items discovered at CLE, OMA, ORD, JFK

Left to Right - Top to Bottom: Items discovered at CLE, OMA, ORD, JFK

Knives Discovered in One Passenger's Bag at CLT

Knives Discovered in One Passenger's Bag at CLT

Stun Guns - 12 stun guns were discovered this week in carry-on bags around the nation. Two were discovered at Minneapolis (MSP), two at Denver (DEN), two more at Las Vegas (LAS), and the remainder were found at Baltimore (BWI), Cleveland (CLE), Sioux Falls (FSD), Seattle (SEA), San Jose (SJC), and Sacramento (SMF).

Firearms Discovered This Week in Carry-On Bags

 Guns Discovered at MFR, SEA, TPA, HOU, SFB, SDF, MCO, TYS, CPR

Left to Right - Top to Bottom: Guns Discovered at MFR, SEA, TPA, HOU, SFB, SDF, MCO, TYS, CPR

37 Firearms Discovered This Week - Of the 37 firearms, 32 were loaded and 18 had rounds chambered.

*In order to provide a timely weekly update, date is compiled from a preliminary report. The year-end numbers will vary slightly from what is reported in the weekly updates. However, any monthly, midyear, or end-of-year numbers TSA provides on this blog or elsewhere will be actual numbers and not estimates.

You can travel with your firearms in checked baggage, but they must first be declared to the airline. You can go here for more details on how to properly travel with your firearms. Firearm possession laws vary by state and locality. Travelers should familiarize themselves with state and local firearm laws for each point of travel prior to departure.

Unfortunately these sorts of occurrences are all too frequent which is why we talk about these finds. Sure, it’s great to share the things that our officers are finding, but at the same time, each time we find a dangerous item, the throughput is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested. The passenger can face a penalty as high as $7,500.00. This is a friendly reminder to please leave these items at home. Just because we find a prohibited item on an individual does not mean they had bad intentions, that's for the law enforcement officer to decide. In many cases, people simply forgot they had these items.

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Bob Burns
TSA Blog Team

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